Free Antivirus for Mac

The times when Mac users didn’t have to worry about pernicious malware targeting their system are long gone. It follows that there’s a pressing need for reliable malware protection within the Apple ecosystem. AVG AntiVirus provides such protection for free.

Given that the program doesn’t go with an expensive price tag, it cuts some corners. Specifically, there isn’t much to the app except its malware-detection functions. AVG AntiVirus doesn’t offer its users advanced features such as a browser plugin, a firewall, or a webcam blocker. Fortunately, the functionality compromise has been achieved without sabotaging user experience, which makes it a solid option for anyone looking for a free malware protection product.

The latest version of the utility, works on Macs that run more antiquated versions of Mac OS X (like Lion) and newer versions of macOS (like High Sierra). The deceptively simple app works in real-time to achieve quick detection and removal of a large number of Mac-and mobile-related threats. The antivirus compares digital signatures of known software threats with the suspicious code it detects on a drive. Lab tests conducted by an independent AV-Comparatives organization have established that AVG AntiVirus provides protection that is on par with commercial counterparts of the app. As for the system impact, the antivirus produces a noticeable performance dip. For this reason, it is not recommended to run demanding apps when the antivirus conducts a scan. However, the scan time itself does not markedly differ from that of other products on the market.

Version: 17.3

What’s New:

  • Detection of new forms of i-Worm/Stration, IRC/BackDoor.SdBot, Downloader.Zlob, I-Worm/Mytob, and Downloader.Tibs.

Price: Free

Developer: AVG Technologies

Requirements:

  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later
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